[caption id="attachment_10870" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/Little-Free-Library.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10870" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/Little-Free-Library-300x206.jpg" alt="Hillsboro's Little Free Library on the elementary school playground houses books of every genre, shape and size and for all ages. Hillsboro Library Friend Mary Dawson hopes the new book exchange will encourage reading among members of the community as they "take a book, leave a book." Photo courtesy of Cailey Moore." width="300" height="206" \/><\/a> Hillsboro's Little Free Library on the elementary school playground houses books of every genre, shape and size and for all ages. Hillsboro Library Friend Mary Dawson hopes the new book exchange will encourage reading among members of the community as they "take a book, leave a book." <em>Photo courtesy of Cailey Moore.<\/em>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nA new addition has been added to the Hillsboro Elementary School playground, and while students are unable to climb it, slide on it or swing from it, the little white box \u2013 located behind the playground bench \u2013 offers the community a different kind of fun.\r\n\r\nThe white box, better known as Hillsboro's Little Free Library, is part of a worldwide movement that, as littlefreelibrary.org reads, strives to \u201cpromote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges and to build a sense of community as creativity, skills and wisdom are shared across generations.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen asked how she came across the Little Free Library, Hillsboro Library Friend Mary Dawson credited an article in the Charleston Gazette.\r\n\r\n\u201cI thought that it would be really nice for us to have,\u201d she said. \u201cParents bring their children out a lot in warm weather, and they sit on the benches while their kids play on the playground. It just seemed like a good idea to have books there so that they might pick up a book and read it to their child, or they might take a book home since there are a lot of people coming and going sometimes.\u201d\r\n\r\nFilled to the brim with books and magazines for all reading levels and for all shapes, sizes and genres, the Little Free Library appeals to all ages.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's a partnership between Hillsboro Elementary School and the Hillsboro Library Friends,\u201d Dawson explained. \u201cThe fifth grade class will monitor the Little Library and check to see if there are enough books, and we'll help, too. The school will contribute books, as will the [Hillsboro Public] Library, and maybe even members of the community, if they want to.\u201d\r\n\r\nWanting to give the Little Free Library a hometown feel, Dawson and her fellow Friends enlisted the help of Mike Von Statina and Tom Meadows to build the library. Once the library\u00a0\u2013 made using recycled materials and scrap pieces of wood \u2013 was completed, Von Statina and Meadows painted the box white and added a waterproof coating.\r\n\r\nThen, Dawson affixed a small sign to the front of the box, encouraging community members to \u201cTake a book, leave a book.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI just have a little handmade sign on it right now,\u201d she said. \u201cWe're registered with the national Little Free Library, and they're sending us a plaque. Once we get that, the library will have more of an explanation.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Little Free Library movement began in 2009 when founder Todd Bol, of Wisconsin, built a miniature of a one-room schoolhouse and affixed it to a post in his front yard. A tribute to his late mother \u2013 a former teacher and lover of books \u2013 the little library gained popularity among friends and neighbors.\r\n\r\nAs the free library's popularity grew, it caught the eye of Rick Brooks, of the University of Wisconsin, and together, Bol and Brooks created the Little Free Library movement. The pair drew inspiration from numerous avenues \u2013 including \u201cTake a book, leave a book\u201d philosophies found in coffee shops and public spaces; Lutie Eugenia Stearns, a librarian who championed traveling libraries from 1895-1914; and Andrew Carnegie, who supported more than 2,500 free public libraries at the turn of the 19th century.\r\n\r\n\u201cOur goal is to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries \u2013 as many as Andrew Carnegie \u2013 and keep going,\u201d the Little Free Library website reads.\r\n\r\n\u201cHopefully it will catch on, and people will use it,\u201d Dawson said. \u201cIt's close to the [Hillsboro Public] Library, but this library isn't open all the time. Our Little Free Library gives people something to read on the weekends, when the weather's nice, or if parents are waiting on their children at soccer practice. Any encouragement to read is good.\u201d\r\n\r\nAdditional information on Little Free Libraries can be found at littlefreelibrary.org.